Computer Reformat Question

<p>Is it possible to uncover hidden or previously deleted computer data or files when you reformat your hard drive? Has that happened to anyone?</p>

<p>extremely hard - that's all i can say</p>

<p>but there are programs that can recover some parts of files and stuff.</p>

<p>there are also professionals that can do a much better job for u. but they charge A LOT for this - Data Recovery.</p>

<p>Duplicate thread - look at your answers in the other board....</p>

<p>What I mean is--can your computer accidently uncover hidden or previously deleted files while it is being formatted? Has this ever happened to anyone?</p>

<p>very very hard.</p>

<p>if you are trying to cover up files when you format your drive there are programs that repeatedly write either zeros or random data to the drive.</p>

<p>that will stop anyone who doesn't have lots of money to spend and who isn't working for a government</p>

<p>Yes. It is slightly possible. If you want to really get rid of data, format using DoD standards...just do a google search to find a few programs.</p>

<p>yes there is a program its called Restoration you can get it from <a href="http://www.cnet.com%5B/url%5D"&gt;www.cnet.com&lt;/a> and its free. It works really well and can uncover hidden files and completely erases those files for good (generally speaking). The most challenging way to restore something is if you completely rewrote those sectors with a huge file, but it should be fine.</p>